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Job Title:Director, National Appeals Division

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Appeals Division

Job Announcement Number:AG-NAD-2014-0042

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 21, 2014 to Friday, May 09, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

SL-0905-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Term

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Alexandria, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals.

This is a term position not to exceed 6-years.

 

 

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

Positions in the Senior Level (SL) are not graded. SL employees are also eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Visit http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/slpositions.asp for additional information and benefits for SL employees.

If you would like to work for a premier agency that is focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture: ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible for supply; caring for agricultural, forest, and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, USDA is the place for you. To learn more about our agency, our exciting missions, vision, and guiding principles, please visit http://www.usda.gov.

This position serves as the Director, National Appeals Division (NAD), Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture in Alexandria, VA. The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing nationwide plans, policies and procedures for the timely and orderly hearing and disposition of appeals filed by individuals or organziations contesting government agency decisions.

This position is to be filled in accordance with section 272 of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, Public Law 103-354, 7 U.S.C. 6992. Under this authority, the Secretary of Agriculture has legislative authority to appoint the Director. The Director serves for a term of six years. The incumbent will be required to sign a service agreement outlining the specifics of the appointment.

 

This position is also being announced under (AG-NAD-2014-0052MP) to status candidates. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply under both announcements.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • 25% or Greater

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses will be paid

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Required (SF-278)
  • You must be able to obtain/ maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • This position will be subject to random drug testing.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent is responsible for the adjudication of all types of appellant cases nationwide which come before NAD in that capacity, oversight includes: (1) the proper conduct of evidentiary hearings in which one or both sides are proposes or represented by an advocated or attorney; (2) rulings and issues of determinations; (3) issuance of decisions which involved complex administrative, program, and/or factual matters; (4) development and/or maintenance of official appeal records; and (5) rulings concerning motions and objectives. The appeal decisions and appeal records must be of a quality to pass the scrutiny of an administrative and/or judicial review.

Formulates broad plans, policies, and procedures for administering the process by which a person or organization may appeal and have adjudicated any applicable program administrative decision which directly affects that person or organization. Identifies, evaluated and disseminates management techniques to the national and field office staff for use in developing program goals and objectives.

Directs the development, preparation and processing of new regulations and policy issuances for appeal functions. Directs the development of legislation, regulatory proposals, and legislative reports. Responds to General Accounting Office and Office of Inspector General reports. Inspects regional/field appeal procedures and directives for conformance with law, regulations, and procedures. Assigns major policy and procedures projects, and allocates resources accordingly. Provides authoritative direction and leadership to the development, interpretation and implementation of program regulation and procedures at all organization levels.

Ensures a management information system which measures NAD performance in critical areas and targets of weakness for improvement.

Acts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations by championing the use of automation and management analysis in administering the appeal process.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify, candidates must posses senior level leadership (supervisory/managerial) experience. Candidates experience must have been at a high level of difficulty to demonstrate clearly that candidate posses the professional and technical, as well as the program knowledge, skills, and abilities stated in the mandatory technical qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. (Experience in the mandatory technical qualifications is typically in or related to the work of the position).

In addition to education, applicants must possess specialized experience equivalent to the GS-15 grade level or its non-federal, which is in, or directly related to the duties of the position. Such examples of specialized experience would include a minimum of five full years of specialized legal experience and experience managing attorneys and/or handling litigation and administrative proceedings or hearings.

Faliure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Mandatory Technical and factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.I


Candidates must posses the following: (1) A professional law degress (LL.B or J.D) and (2) Memebership is good standing of the Bar of State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

•  If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
•  DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
•  Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.
•  May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

A. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ):  All applicants must submit written statements to all the TQs. Your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per TQ.  

You must address each TQ separately. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible’.

1). Experience in practicing administrative law.  Applicants are required to have substantial experience in the practice of administrative law. This area involves demonstrated knowledge of Federal Administrative law and procedures, as well as experience in representation of other persons before administrative law judges, hearing officers, or administrative panels, or experience in the adjudication of disputes before Federal agencies at the administrative level.

2). Skill in adjudication and analyses, and in identifying issues, analyzing facts and arguments, in order to present rulings and conclusions orally and in writing. This areas involves reviewing and evaluating investigative reports and case records, conducting hearings in an orderly and impartial manner, determining credibility of witness, sifting and evaluating evidence, analyzing complex issues, applying agency rules and regulations and court decisions, preparing clear and concise statements of fact, and exercising sound judgment in arriving at decisions.

3). Ability to provide leadership in the development of key technical staff and experience in designing and implementing organizational structures to manage an administrative adjudicative system to include managing a staff of review officers in DC, 3 regional officers, and traveling hearing officers around the country. This includes training in adjudication, handling trials essentially, ruling on evidence, as well as on substantive law are a key part of the job.

 


To view the application form, visit: https://ses.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=a181fb92-05a2-433c-bd85-a30600f13a70


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: <span style="color: #000000;">http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/</span>

Some of the benefits for which you are entitled to but not limited to are:

Federal Holidays
Annual & Sick Leave
Federal Employee Retirement System
Thrift Savings Plan
Federal Employees Health Benefits
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Federal Long Term Care Insurance
 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, marital or family status, disability, and other non-merit factors will not be considered.

1. This position is covered under the post-employment restriction of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278), within 30 days of appointment.

2. Applications sent in U.S. Government postage-paid envelope and submitted through Federal Agency courier services will not be considered.

3. The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.

4. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to Agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.

5. All application forms are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act and become the property of USDA.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at 202-720-4766. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

The following instructions outline our application process:

You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.

NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.
  • For current or previous Federal employees, please attach a copy of your most recent SF-50 or agency notification of personnel action form that provides current position, grade level, and duty location.
  • If you are a veteran claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, receipt of medals and campaign badges, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” is preferable.
  • When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and submit the requested documentation.
  • For a disabled veteran, you must submit a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) letter on DVA letterhead that states your overall combined service-connected disability rating.
  • If you are a service member who expects to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions, you may submit a certification letter to receive veterans' preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Please provide a copy of your College transcript(s) which support those qualifications for which you wish to have considered.
  • Please provide your proof of disability.

Your online application must include the following documents:

1. Resume which must include all of the information listed below.
Vacancy announcement number
Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
Country of citizenship
Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including; job title, duties and accomplishments , employer's name and address, supervisor name and phone number, duration of employment, and salary and hrs per week
Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, major as well as the type of degree received
Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. Responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications

Submit a Supplemental Narrative Statement which addresses EACH of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications individually. Your narrative responses must not exceed two (2) pages using 1 inch margins and a 12 point font per Technical Qualification.

3. Supporting Documentation

If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.
If you are a veteran claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, receipt of medals and campaign badges, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” is preferable.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and submit the requested documentation.
For a disabled veteran, you must submit a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) letter on DVA letterhead that states your overall combined service-connected disability rating.
If you are a service member who expects to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions, you may submit a certification letter to receive veterans' preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

4. Must provide Memebership in good standing of the Bar of State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

If you are a veteran claiming Sole Survivor Preference, please attach your SSP documentation.

Please provide your proof of disability.

Candidates who do not submit complete application packages as indicated will not be considered.

Please be sure to remove all PII (e.g. SSN & DOB) from all documents.

Spell out Acronyms the first time used.

Other required documents as applicable:

Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

Veteran Hiring Authorities: (VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans): DD-214 (Member 4 Copy). Disabled veterans must include your VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.

Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).

Certain Military Spouses under E.O. 13473: Verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage), plus Permanent Change of Station: PCS orders issued within the last 2 years, that: lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; the specific location; and the effective date of the PCS OR Military disability of 100%: verification of the member's release or discharge due to 100% disability (DD-214 and VA Letter) OR Death while serving on active duty: 1) Verification of release or discharge due to death (DD-214). 2) Verification of the member’s death (DD-1300 and Death Certificate. 3) Statement certifying they are un-remarried widow or widower of the service member..

CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; most recent performance evaluation; and SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jocelyn White
Phone: 202-720-4766
Fax: 202-720-2774
Email: Jocelyn.White@dm.usda.gov
Agency Information:
Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC,
20250
U.S.A
Fax: 202-720-2774

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants who meet the mandatory requirements in items A (Mandatory Technical Qualifications ) above will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and ranking to determine the 'best qualified' will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory requirements as described in the announcement. Interviews and qualifications inquiries may be required.

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Job Announcement Number:

AG-NAD-2014-0042

Control Number:

367830500